PMB, INEC Pledge Credible Governorship Election in Ondo
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said on Thursday it was ready to conduct a hitch-free governorship election in Ondo State come Saturday.
INEC claimed it has begun distribution of sensitive materials to the 18 local council areas of, preparatory to Saturday’s.
INEC officials were reported to have converged at Central Bank of Nigeria premises, Alagbaka, Akure, for the distribution of electoral materials in the presence of media professionals, political parties and armed security personnel.
But, some civil society organisations (CSOs) in the state have faulted the alleged involvement of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) members, in the distribution of electoral materials, saying the union has tendencies to be partisan.
The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) for example raised concerns that this move by INEC might delay the arrival of materials at polling units due to logistics problems.
Its director, Idayat Hassan, said at a conference on Thursday, that INEC’s partnership with a union like NURTW could fail, and called for a backup plan.
The chairman of INEC, Mahmood Yakubu, had promised all along that that the commission would forestall any circumstance that might hinder the success and smooth running of the exercise.
President Muhammadu Buhari also said on Thursday that all necessary measures have been put in place to ensure that the election in Ondo State is peaceful, transparent and credible.
He said so in a video message to party supporters at the grand finale of the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign for the Ondo governorship election.
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